Emmy Kristine Guttulsrud Kristiansen is 20 years old and comes from Sande in Vestfold from a musical family. She sang long before she could speak and has among other things been active in the choir “Soul Children”. In 2011, Emmy’s older brother participated in MGP junior, which made her dream of doing that herself once. In 2015, the dream came true, and Emmy took the stage in Oslo Spektrum with the song “Aiaiaiai” which has been streamed more than 1.1 million times. After MGP junior, she became familiar face to many and gained new fans among the younger part of the population. She got to travel around and do concerts and meet fans. She has also released several singles, including the song “Bjørnar” which has been her biggest hit. Emmy is also a songwriter and has written over a hundred songs despite her young age, and she studies visual communications at the University of Southeast Norway. Now she is ready to show more of her musical qualities on the big MGP stage!
Hello Emmy, you are born in a musical family and as a kid you were part of the choir “Soul Children” in which way have those two things influenced your singing career and music style?
Hello <3 Being born in a musical family has made me love music from the first day of my life, and is the reason why I love to sing, make songs, and has a career at all! My family has been so supportive, and we’ve had instruments at home that I could play any time I wanted to since I was born. Soul children gave me the opportunity to sing and be happy with music around supportive friends, and has been so important to me.
Norwegian audience knows you as a superfinalist of MGP junior 2015 with “Aiaiaiai” has that song by any chance been inspired by song “Butterfly” by Swedish band Smile.dk?
Haha, I like that song, but no!
“Aiaiaiai” was streamed more than a million times how did the popularity of the song influence you?
I love it when people like my songs, so that makes me very happy!
Last time Norway took part at Junior Eurovision was 2005 and given the fact that MGP junior takes place each year do you think Norway should once again be back at Junior Eurovision too?
That would have been very funny, yes!
What made you decide to take part at Melodi Grand Prix?
I love MGP, Melodifestivalen and the whole Eurovision, so when NRK asked me if I wanted to try to sing this one, I was thrilled! Me and my brother (also Eurovision-fan) were so happy when the NRK liked my version of the song and said that they wanted me in!
Can you tell us what was the idea behind “Witch Woods” and what does the song mean for you?
If the burned witches could take revenge, I think it would sound like this. It’s a song that is both scary and funny! To me, it’s about showing strength, trying to be confident, and to remember that no matter what, you have support, and that you rock!
Many fans are expecting to see you pull out some “Witchcraft” on Saturday during your performance, can you reveal us what could we expect to see on 30th of January?
I’m gonna bring some really good dancers, and I think maybe you’ll be a bit surprised during the show…
This year’s Melodi Grand Prix will be held without the audience how will that affect your performance?
I hope you guys will love to see the show on the screen, cause I’m gonna do everything l I can to give you a great time watching! And I hope I’m able to give that to you even though none of you are in the same room.
Last year Melodi Grand Prix marked 60 years from its first edition what is your favourite song which competed at the stage of MGP and tell us why did you choose it?
I really like “Yes Man” by Bjørn Johan Muri from 2010! I think it’s because it’s so catchy, I love the melody in the chorus.
Do you watch Eurovision regularly, if so would you like to share a memory which you have of it or a favourite song from the contest?
I watch Eurovision every year, and have done since I was 9 years old! Love lovelove it! Two of my favorites are “Run Away” from 2010, “Hold Me” from 2013.
At the moment you are a student, how is it to combine studies with work as a musician?
So far it’s actually working better than expected! I might have read a bit less this year than last year, though.
Many Eurovision fans are seeing you as a favourite to win the 3rd semi-final of MGP how does that make you feel?
That makes me SO HAPPY! I love that people believe in this special song and me. I’m so thankful to all of you.
What are your plans after Melodi Grand Prix?
I will keep singing and it absolutely might come more songs from me… <3
Thank you so much for your time Emmy. We wish you the best of luck at Melodi Grand Prix. Do you want to share something else or you maybe have a message for followers of escbubble?
Thank you so much, I appreciate the support from all of you guys, and I hope you are and always will be happy no matter what <3
Give a listen to her entry “Witch Woods” on Spotify or at Youtube below
If EMMY is your favorite in the third semifinal which will take place this Saturday 30th of January, make sure you cast your vote for her in our poll right here:
- Emmy - Witch Woods 57%, 404 votes404 votes 57%404 votes - 57% of all votes
- Ole Hartz - Vi er Norge 17%, 123 votes123 votes 17%123 votes - 17% of all votes
- Big Daddy Karsten - Smile 15%, 105 votes105 votes 15%105 votes - 15% of all votes
- Dinaye - Own Yourself 10%, 72 votes72 votes 10%72 votes - 10% of all votes
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